Is Carbonear flushed with money?
I write in response the article headlined “Arena odyssey” that appeared on the front page of the Nov. 13, 2012 print edition of The Compass.
Why should this Harbour Grace issue be a problem for the Town of Carbonear? After all, it was promised to Harbour Grace by the MHA for the district. He knew very well, along with the mayor and councillors of Harbour Grace, that this approximately $21 million venture with Harbour Grace having to cost-share the approximate amount 20 per cent would be in the vicinity of $3.8 million.
The Town of Harbour Grace has very little tax base and the majority of its citizens are on a fixed income, so the residents there tell me. If Carbonear were to cost-share this venture, as no other towns in the area want to buy into it (which would have been a good thing), this leaves the taxpayers of Carbonear to split half of $3.8 million with the Town of Harbour Grace to the tune of $1.9 million.
Is the Town of Carbonear flushed with so much extra money that it can afford to send this amount to another town without public input? I don’t agree with Carbonear Mayor Sam Slade if he means public consultations, but only by a secret ballot. That way taxpayers and only taxpayers, not their children over 18, have the say. I believe this is how democracy works, or am I in the dark?
I am of no political affiliation, but one only has to look at the councillors of the council in Carbonear and you will know which provincial political party the majority are aligned with.
Come on, Carbonear taxpayers, get a grip. Are you OK with $1.9 million of your taxes going to Harbour Grace? If you sit back and wait for this to happen it will be too late and you will deserve what you get. No use grumbling then.
If Carbonear buys into this, Harbour Grace should have to pay a regional fee to the Carbonear swimming pool and the Conception Bay Regional Community Centre.
Carbonear-Harbour Grace MHA Jerome Kennedy has said if this decision is not made soon the arena will have to go someplace else. This sounds like a bully attitude to me. If the other towns didn’t want to buy into the cost-sharing with Harbour Grace in the beginning because of the cost to their taxpayers, what makes him think that they want to take on a $21 million project?
It is most likely that Carbonear taxpayers will end up with a tax hike this year in any case, so if we have to send $1.9 million to Harbour Grace, what services will be eliminated in this town?
I say to all taxpayers: don’t be bullied by the Progressive Conservatives on the Carbonear town council or by your MHA for this district.
Carol Hogan writes from Carbonear